The greatest beneficiaries of the Colorado River’s bounty, in terms of irrigation water for agriculture, are at the bottom end of the system – in California’s Imperial Valley and across the border in Yuma County. But the community payoff for all that liquid wealth seems limited. From today’s Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly unemployment report:
Yuma, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif., recorded the highest unemployment rates in May, 28.9 and 26.8 percent, respectively.
Here’s the Imperial County, Calif., unemployment (not seasonally adjusted, and the May number isn’t on here yet):
And here’s Yuma County:
To my readers who understand regional economies, what’s going on here?